Date Approved

5-11-2006

Embargo Period

4-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Social skills in children--Study and teaching; Students with disabilities

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a social skills training program provided by the researcher during physical education classes. Four male students ages 7 and 8 participated in the study once a week for 45 minutes.

Direct observations were used to collect data on the targeted social skills of sharing, taking turns, saying "Please" and "Thank you", and displaying good sportsmanship before, during and after the training. A single subject design with ABC phases was used to record student behaviors.

The results indicate that all students increased the appropriate target behaviors and reduced inappropriate behaviors during the intervention phase. During the maintenance phase, students' appropriate behaviors were reduced slightly. Future studies to lengthen the intervention phase was recommended to sustain appropriate behaviors.

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